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SPAN is a network of Filipino and Australian individuals and organisations active in solidarity with the struggles of the Filipino peoples for Human Rights, Self-Determination, Social Justice, Peace and Democracy.  SPAN identifies with the poor and oppressed majority of the Philippines and acts upon its special concern for women and children in general and indigenous peoples in particular.

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  • The Great Left Divide
  • Trial of the Century May Take Ages to Finish
  • Native Revival
  • Another Disaster Looms in Marinduque
  • Trail of Power Mess Leads to Ramos
  • Teenagers Perish in Davao’s Killing Fields
  • Twilight in Oyon Bay
  • Unregulated Fish Pen and Cage Operations Mess Up Coastal Ecosystems
  • Garbage Problem Rooted in Money and Politics
  • Comrade Torturer
  • A Pattern of Abuse
  • Troubled Return of the Faithful
  • Despite the Risks, Filipino Seafarers Toil in the World’s Oceans
  • A Study of Corruption in the Philippine Navy
  • Arming the Enemy
  • Manila's Privatized Water
  • Gambling on Greens
  • The story of activists turned political consultants
  • In Tarlac, CARP gives land to the wealthy
  • The Real Score on Deficits and the Public Debt
  • Major Players Elude Government’s Anti-Logging Drive in Aurora
  • Up to 70% of Local Health Funds Lost to Corruption
  • The Unmaking of the President
  • Billions in Farm Funds Used for Arroyo Campaign
  • The Campaign - Jekyll-And-Hyde Campaign
  • The Paradox Of Freedom - People Power In The Information Age
  • When will the killings stop?
  • House bill seeks gender quota for government posts
  • People Power and the Perils of Democracy Lite
  • Local Bosses: Equal Opportunuty Violence
  • The U.S. Troops' 'Unconventional' Presence
  • An Abnormal Return to Normality by MANUEL L. QUEZON III
  • Still Strangers in Their Own Land by RORIE R. FAJARDO
  • The Maguindanao Massacre, the Bangsamoro Problem and the Peace Process
  • Report of the Humanitarian and Fact-Finding Mission to Maguindanao
  • 10 Ampatuans implicated in massacre are candidates
  • The Ampatuans of dirt-poor Maguindanao: Shamefully rich, clan has 35 houses, fleet of wheels (First of Three Parts)
  • Maguindanao a development black hole: The poor get poorer, Ampatuans get richer as IRA billions pour in (Second of Three Parts)
  • Ampatuans managed public funds like clan’s own purse (Third of Three Parts)
  • The 15th Congress: Clans keep tight grip on power
  • On EDSA’s 25th, corruption devours the Armed Forces
  • Petty, big, routine graft a lucrative trade at AFP
  • Corruption talks trigger worry, debates in AFP
  • Conversion: The con game of the Philippine military
  • Amazons of the Huk Rebellion
  • Poverty and dynasties: The chicken or the egg?
  • Andal Jr. sells 8 big properties; 72 Ampatuans running in 2013
  • Ampatuans own 500 hectares but assets inventory incomplete
  • Double Talk on Citizen’s Rights: Abridging Freedom of Expression, Reneging on Freedom of Information





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    KASAMA September 2012
    Volume 26 Number 3

    FM Declares Martial Law #rememberML@40

    Never again to martial law!

    Human Rights groups in the Philippines launched an online awareness campaign through social networking site Facebook about Martial Law six months before its 40th Anniversary. Tagged as #rememberML@40, the group aims to inform and inspire today’s youth about the dark days of tyranny.


    Susan F. Quimpo Ano bang alam mo tungkol sa Martial Law? by Susan F. Quimpo

    19 September 2012 at

    Last April, my brother Ryan, friend Unica and I created a short amateur video entitled, “Ano bang alam mo tungkol sa Martial Law?” [“What do I know about Martial Law?”] In it we randomly asked high school students about Ferdinand Marcos and martial law. Their answers ranged from serious to hilarious.


    Tibak Rising Book Cover Tibak Rising: Activism in the days of Martial Law

    Book Review by Dee Dicen Hunt

    TIBAK RISING was conceived in 2004 and by October 7th that year, the T’bak group announced its commitment to bring the T’bak Book Project into being and called for submissions from its network by April 1, 2005. Seven years later the book was launched on July 21, 2012 in the University of the Philippines, Diliman — timed to complement the events commemorating the generation of anti-martial law activists who offered their lives in the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship.


    Ed De La Torre The “Political Economy” of Prison Pendants

    by Edicio G. dela Torre

    , there was a soup bone, bleached by rain and sun, near the wall of the prison grounds in Camp Olivas, Pampanga. I don’t recall who the first prisoner was who picked up the soup bone or why he thought of rubbing it repeatedly against the rough cement wall; it could simply have been his way of releasing extra tension. Anyway, the rough cement eventually ground the bone into a flat oval shape. Then he pried a nail from a discarded plank and used it to bore a hole through the bone.


    Macliing Dulag Remembering Martial Law by Joanna K. Cariño

    23 September 2012
    Northern Dispatch (NORDIS) Weekly

    The semi-colonial and semi-feudal system breeds revolutionary families. There are eight of us in the family and even before martial law, five of us were already activists. The three younger ones also became activists when they grew older during the martial law era.


    ISIS Women Philippines: New ‘Cybercrime’ Law Will Harm Free Speech
    Supreme Court to Rule on Act That Worsens Criminal Defamation

    September 28, 2012

    A new Philippine “cybercrime” law drastically increases punishments for criminal libel and gives authorities excessive and unchecked powers to shut down websites and monitor online information, Human Rights Watch said today. President Benigno Aquino III signed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 into law on September 12, 2012.


    Subversive Lives Book Cover Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years

    Book Review by: Emere Distor

    THIS YEAR MARKS the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Martial Law in the Philippines. As a fitting remembrance to the lives lost during the struggle against the dictatorial regime of Ferdinand Marcos and the equally oppressive hierarchy of the Communist Party, a family memoir came to the fore.

    ‘Subversive Lives’ is a collection of personal stories written by surviving members of one of the well-known intellectual families in the Philippines that became heavily embroiled in the ‘underground’ organisation and hierarchy of the Communist Party and the National Democratic Front. Spearheaded by two of the ten Quimpo siblings, Susan and Nathan compiled this detailed and moving memoir bringing back recollections from the time when they were growing up in a house not too far from the Presidential Palace.


    Nathan Gilbert Quimpo The Ghosts of Martial Law

    by Nathan Gilbert Quimpo
    20 September 2012

    On September 21, forty years ago, President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law. For almost 13-and-a-half years afterwards, the country suffered terribly from a brutal and corrupt dictatorship. Among the victims of the grave violations of human rights under martial law were the following: 3,257 “salvaged” (summarily executed), 35,000 tortured, and 70,000 incarcerated, as documented by historian Alfred McCoy.


    Dr Sylvia Estrada Claudio, MD, PhD Universal Health Care Coverage for All is Possible and Necessary

    Paper delivered at the Third People's Health Assembly, 8 July 2012, Capetown, South Africa by Dr Sylvia Estrada Claudio, MD, PhD

    At the outset, I wish to note that I and some others here, are from another movement. We are from the women's movement, particularly the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement. I therefore thank the leaders of the People's Health Movement (PHM) for inviting me here. I am convinced that only a broad movement of peoples will end the discourse of profit-making that is our common enemy. I am sincere in my desire to be with the PHM as an individual activist and as someone who has led and continues to lead organizations at the grassroots and international levels.


    Amnesty International Candle Logo Family Violence Provisions in Australian Migration Law

    by Raquel Aldunate

    This article is a summary of a presentation delivered at the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Research’s seminar: Domestic violence related laws - Then and Now, held in Brisbane on 3 August 2012.


    5th World Social Forum on Migration 5th World Social Forum on Migration

    26-30 November 2012 Manila

    PHILIPPINES - Hundreds of international delegates are expected to come to the country in November and participate in the World Social Forum on Migration. For the first time, the WSFM will take place in an Asian country. Previous WSFMs were held in Europe and Latin America. The theme of this 5th WSFM is “Mobility, Rights and Global Models: Looking for Alternatives.”


    Thy Womb Thy Womb

    Australian premiere & Director’s talk — Brisbane Film Festival 2012

    Set on a floating water village in the southern most province of the Philippines, this simple fertility tale received two awards and a four-minute standing ovation at its recent premiere at the Venice Film Festival.


    Centre for Migrant Advocacy
    Centre for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)

    CMA Logo CMA advocates for the rights of Filipino migrants everywhere – whether they are land based or sea-based migrants and Filipino immigrants or permanent residents and their families.




    Centre for Philippine Concerns Australia
    Centre for Philippine Concerns Australia (CPCA)

    CPCA Logo CPCA is a national network of Filipino individuals and organisations in Australia committed to advancing the Filipino people's interests. It was formally established in November 1991. The CPCA national office is located in Melbourne. There is also a Brisbane Branch office. There are CPCA members currently living in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territories and in the Philippines itself.

    Deaths & Disappearances
    Includes updated summary of the Violent Deaths and Disappearances of Filipino Women and Children in Australia as at 18th July 2011.

    Confronting Sexual Exploitation
    Strengthening Solidarity With Filipino Women Against Sexual Exploitation
    Campaign Against Sex Tourism and Trafficking in Filipino Women.
    Exposure/Study Tour to the Philippines June l9-July 4, 1995.
    Report of the Participants from Australia and Aotearoa/N.Z.

    Filipino Women & Sexual Violence: Speaking Out & Providing Services
    Paper presented to the Immigrant Women's Support Service Forum "Sexual Violence in a Gender, Cultural and Human Rights Framework" on 24th November, 2000, by Dee Dicen Hunt and Cora Sta. Ana-Gatbonton, Centre for Philippine Concerns Australia (Brisbane Branch). You can read the other papers presented to the forum on the IWSS website.

    Filipino Community Organising on Women's Issues in Australia
    Paper presented by Dee Dicen Hunt at the 'STOP THE TRAFFIC SYMPOSIUM: Addressing trafficking in women for prostitution' organised by Project Respect held on February 25th, 2002 at RMIT University, Melbourne.

    Vivian Alvarez Solon
    Comprehensive list of links to Kasama articles about Vivian’s case, submissions from CPCA-Brisbane and Justice Alliance for Vivian to the Senate Inquiry into the administration and operation of the 1958 Migration Act and links to other documents including the Palmer Inquiry Report and the Senate DFAT Committee Interim Report “The removal, search for and discovery of Ms Vivian Solon”


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